TED comes to UF

By on February 22nd, 2013

TED will be coming to the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida on Saturday, Feb. 23, for TEDxUF. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

Chad Paris, owner of Gainesville’s Parisleaf printing and design company, will be one of the speakers at the event, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Extraordinary individuals will share amazing life stories and experiences, Paris said. In his personal speech, he will discuss happiness — a principle he lives by and believes everyone can achieve.

Experts in their fields will address the topic “Pursuing Passion.”

“It’s really just the greatest minds in the world,” Paris said. “And they will challenge you to change everything that you understand about the world, and challenge you to be more open-minded and to see the world in a very different light, in 18 minutes or less.”

TED is known for its “TED-Talks” featuring distinguished speakers. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading, and recently created TEDx so local groups could organize events and share a TED-like experience.

Rachel Jones edited this story online.

This entry was posted in University of Florida and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

More Stories in University of Florida

Around 700 UF students participated in the 13th Annual Fast-A-Thon at the Stephan O'Connell Center. Islam On Campus organized the dusk-to-dawn event to teach others about the reasons behind fasting.

13th Annual Fast-A-Thon Benefits Local and National Charities

Islam on Campus hosted its 13th annual Fast-A-Thon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Tuesday and rewarded about 700 attendants with a free meal. The event featured guest speaker Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy and will benefit Project Downtown Gainesville, a local charity, and Islamic Relief USA with a goal of benefiting Nepal earthquake survivors.

$50 Million Wertheim Donation Kickstarts New Future for College of Engineering

A $50 million donation by Dr. Herbert Wertheim helped to jumpstart a 5-year, $300 million funding project for improvements to the college of engineering and a new Engineering Innovation building.

Amanda Shuey (left), campus recruiter for Saks Fifth Avenue, interviews with Haley Doyle, a 21-year-old UF marketing senior, at the University of Florida's fall Career Showcase. Photo by Griffin Horvath.

UF Career Showcase Attracts Record Turnout

This semester’s Career Showcase hosted 378 businesses and organizations, the largest number since 2008, and in each fall semester there has been a 10 percent increase in student turnout since then.

Chi Omega House at University of Florida

Chi Omega “Trap Queen” Photo Sparks Controversy Over Race

A controversial photo taken by the UF chapter of the Chi Omega sorority makes rounds on campus, sparking debate and discussion of racial stereotypes. The four women pictured in the photo wore T-shirts with “Trap Queen” written on them.

Florida Gators football

Gator Band Will No Longer Use Penalty Chant

During this past Saturday’s Tennessee game, Gator fans expected a cue from the band to play a familiar chant, “You Can’t Do That.” However, complaints about the chant morphing into “Move Back You Suck,” has forced the University Athletic Association to ask the band to no longer play the tune to accompany it. The change has garnered complaints from UF students who see the chant as tradition, but applause from those who viewed it as vulgar and unsportsmanlike.

Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments